The Homer Village Board of Trustees has agreed to spend over $32 thousand dollars to purchase a new tractor maintain sidewalks on Main Street.
In a unanimous vote Tuesday evening Homer Trustees approved spending money from the village’s water equipment reserve fund to purchase a 2013 Massey Ferguson tractor.
Trustee Kevin Slack questioned the expense and expressed an interest in looking at other options.
The purchase comes after Village D-P-W Chief Larry Barber informed trustees last month that the villages current tractor which is over 20 years old is broke down and requires $4500 in repairs to make it usable for the coming snow removal season.
The board of trustees looked at leasing a tractor and also looked at various tractors from different vendors prior to selecting the Massey Ferguson from the CNY Farm Store in Polkville.
Village Mayor Genevieve Suits the tractor is used to plow Main Street sidewalks including the Village Green as well as maintain some of the smaller streets and municipal parking lots.
After the purchase is complete the Village will have $85 thousand dollars in the reserve account. The board also discussed trading the tractor in after two years in order to cut future equipment maintenance costs.